Rebel Walk Recruiting: 4-Star RB TreVonte’ Citizen Gaining Attention of Top Programs
Citizen currently holds offers from many top programs, including six SEC schools
OXFORD, Miss. — As we all know, there are many moving parts when one is looking to build a great college football team. It usually doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t come without a commitment to excellence. When you’re playing in the Southeastern Conference, you face the gauntlet of some of the nation’s finest week in and week out, so there’s no time for rest.
How do you realistically achieve a level of separation that will make the most impact immediately….and also do so for the long haul? There is no perfect formula; however, what you can do is grab the bull by the horns when it comes to recruiting, as that is the lifeblood of any program.
Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and his staff are continuing to do masterful work as they evaluate the available talent across the nation and assess who can potentially help the Rebels in areas of need in both the short and long term.
While every player on the field has a role to execute, there is one that has be versatile enough to run, block, and catch — of course, that would be the running back. To this day, there is something about watching old-school film of running backs such as Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, Earl Campbell, Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker and Jim Brown. Those gentleman remain the gold standard of their craft. They were talented and versatile and personified the value of what it meant to have a dynamic running back.
2022 RB TreVonte’ Citizen
One dynamic running back who has caught the attention of many of the nation’s top schools is TreVonte’ Citizen.
The Lake Charles College Prep (Lake Charles, Louisiana) athlete is quickly rising up the recruiting radar. According to Rebels247, the four-star running back says his top schools include: LSU, Ole Miss, A&M, Arkansas, and Texas.
Ole Miss coaches Randall Joyner and Kevin Smith are in charge of Citizen’s recruiting and offered the standout RB on March 16.
Blessed and Honored to receive an offer from the University of Mississippi #HottyToddy 🔴🔵 #ThePrepWay @KevinSmithRB @LetsGo_Bo5 @CoachFranklin9 @CallMeCoach_11 @CoachPipe15 @TonyCitizen5 @samspiegs pic.twitter.com/f7m4rHN4in
— TreVonte' Citizen✍🏾 (@Tre_Citizen1) March 16, 2021
The 6-foot, 217-pound Citizen is ranked the No. 15 running back in the nation and the No. 10 athlete out of Louisiana for 2022, according to the 247Sports Composite Index, so it is no surprise that Ole Miss has taken notice.
If you take a look at his game film, you quickly see Citizen has the size and speed you want in The ‘Sip. He already holds 18 offers — including Arkansas, LSU, State, Tennessee, A&M, and Ole Miss in the SEC — and will be raking in even more as he is setting the 7v7 world by storm with his team EPS Blaze.
“The college coaches tell me they like my speed and power, and how I play the game in general.”
TreVonte’ Citizen to the Lake Charles American Press
It should come as no surprise that this past season Citizen slayed it on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. He notched 66 tackles, five tackles for loss, two pass breakups, and two sacks on defense and amassed 615 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns on offense as he helped LCCP finish 10-1 overall in 2020.
While it is theoretically the “off-season,” Citizen is far from being in rest mode. He is all business this spring season in the 7v7 world and will be one of the top 2022 college-ready players who will look to make an impact as soon as he arrives on campus.
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— CAN'T MISS SPORTS (@cantmisssports1) March 30, 2021
He has added some weight, but he moves as if he is light as a feather. His ball-handling skills couldn’t be more on point, and I have yet to see him drop a ball throughout this off-season. It is truly exciting to watch his development.
What you’re getting with this young man, aside from his obvious skillset, is someone who is all-purpose and can succeed in multiple roles. These are exactly the sorts of players you want on your roster when you’re a team looking to build depth and keep the physicality at a premium for four quarters.
“My strengths are my vision, ability to make guys miss and break tackles and my ability to outrun a defender.“
Keep an eye out on TreVonte’ Citizen and know it’s going to be an exciting spring crootin’ season!
(Feature image credit: Dennis Babineaux, American Press)
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Lee Ann is the Director of Recruiting for The Rebel Walk. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist and NFL content writer. She is also the Sr. Editor for MESPORTS digital. Herring-Olvedo is a Brown University graduate who loves good cigars, good games, and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order.